Abdul Malik Fadjar, the former Minister of Religion and Minister of Education is gone

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Prof. H. A. Malik Fadjar, was not simply an educator. (Photo: DOC. SUARAMUHAMMADIYAH)

IO – Indonesia is grieving. One of its august figures has left the world. Prof. H. Abdul Malik Fadjar died at Mayapada Hospital, Kuningan, Jakarta, Monday, on the evening of September 7. 

Abdul Malik Fadjar was buried with military honors at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, Tuesday afternoon. The deceased had once received the honorary title of Mahaputra. 

Abdul Malik Fadjar died at the age of 81. This figure, who was born in Yogyakarta, February 22, 1939, has been active in government, especially since the dawn of a Reformation Era. 

In the era of President BJ Habibie, Malik served as Minister of Religion. He also became Minister of National Education in 2001-2004. In 2015- 2019, this Muhammadiyah figure, born in Yogyakarta on February 22, 1939, became a member of the Presidential Advisory Council. 

Malik was also the interim Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare in 2004, replacing Jusuf Kalla who was then running as a candidate for Vice President. 

In Muhammadiyah he became Deputy Chairman of Muhammadiyah Central Board, 2000-2005, 2005- 2010, and 2010-2015. He has been the Rector of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang for a long time, to bring this University to a greater level, as well as the Rector of Muhammadiyah University of Surakarta, as it also made progress. 

“He is a Muhammadiyah figure, a Muslim and a nationalist who is modest, persistent, full of achievements in the field of education, forward-thinking, inclusive and accepted by many,” said Haedar Nashir, Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Central Board as quoted by Kompas.com 

Malik is active in the Indonesian Muslim Scholar Association (ICMI) and the Indonesian Association for the Development of Social Sciences (HIPIIS). He is also known as a national figure who cares about the world of education. 

The blood of educators has been strong in him, especially since he became a religion teacher in a remote area in Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara in 1959, at the Taliwang Public School. His life journey was never separated from the world of teaching and education. For decades as a teacher at Muhammadiyah, he not only became an educator but also contributed greatly to building Muhammadiyah schools and village libraries in the Yogyakarta and Magelang areas. 

Goodbye, Professor. Thank you for all your devotion to the country. (rp)